University of California Accountability Report 2014

Chapter 8:

The University of California is dedicated to fostering a caring university community that provides leadership for constructive participation in a diverse, multicultural world. The University has a long history of supporting initiatives that foster an inclusive living, learning and working environment.

In 2014, UC issued the following statement titled An Ethos of Respect and Inclusion:

"We seek to create and nurture in every corner of the University — in lecture halls and laboratories, in dormitories and dining halls, in work cubicles and maintenance shops, in our hospitals and other outposts of community engagement, in the public commons and the virtual meeting grounds of social media — an ethos of respect for others and inclusion of all.

Such an ethos need not undermine the spirit of free speech and acceptance of differing ideas and attitudes that have long been the University's hallmark. Rather, respect and inclusion form the essential bedrock on which to build a community that cherishes and benefits from robust, constructive discourse and daily interactions among all its members.

An ethos of respect and inclusion won't be achieved by any single pledge or policy handed down from leadership. It requires the constant attention and the enduring commitment of the entire UC community — every student, every professor, every administrator, every staff member, everybody, every day."

Evaluating diversity and campus climate
UC's assessment of diversity and campus climate can be evaluated a variety of ways: current demographic characteristics and trends of its students, faculty and staff; policies and activities that promote equity and inclusion; and survey data that reveal perceptions of campus climate, respect, and incidents of exclusionary behavior.

To that end, UC conducted a campus climate survey results across 13 locations: the ten UC campuses, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Agricultural and Natural Resources, and UC Office of the President. The survey, conducted by Rankin and Associates Consulting, gathered a wide range of data related to institutional climate, inclusion and work-life issues. The survey complemented many current and ongoing efforts to evaluate and improve climate.

On the UC campus climate survey website, the UC system and each location provide information on recent efforts or initiatives aimed at promoting equity and inclusion.

Assessing UC's diversity
The indicators in this chapter present an overview of trends for incoming freshmen and transfer students, along with trends in graduate academic and professional programs. This information feeds into a broad overview of the University community — students, faculty and staff — by race/ethnicity and gender. Trend data illustrate growing proportions of underrepresented and international students in the undergraduate population, more so for freshman than transfer entrants. Graduate academic students show slow and steady growth in underrepresented populations across disciplines, with growth in international students limited to physical science and engineering. Female students constitute the majority in all disciplines except for physical science and engineering. Graduate professional programs show similar growth patterns for underrepresented and international students, with variation by discipline. Education has a larger proportion of underrepresented students, and business and other professional programs have growing international populations. The proportion of female students is trending slightly downward but remains around 50 percent or higher for all disciplines except business. For staff, the proportions of non-whites and females in Management & Senior Professional (MSP) and Senior Management Group (SMG) positions are smaller than their proportions in Professional & Support Staff (PSS) positions. The proportion of females among ladder-rank faculty is lower than proportions among other academic employee groupings.

Surveying populations about campus climate
This chapter introduces two types of survey data: responses to the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES), conducted every two years to all undergraduates; and the UC Campus Climate Survey, administered between 2012 and 2013 to all populations and across all locations. UCUES data show most undergraduates feel students of their race/ethnicity are respected on campus, but the proportion of African American respondents sharing this perspective is lower than other groups. Among religious groups, Muslim students are less likely to feel respected. LGBQ students also are less likely to feel respected. UC Campus Climate Survey findings tended to be positive but also highlighted areas for improvement. Overall, 78 percent feel comfortable or very comfortable with campus climate, but 24 percent reported experiencing exclusionary behavior (9 percent of whom indicated it affected their ability to work or learn).

Looking forward
Each location is delving deeply into its campus climate survey data. The information will be presented to local groups and associations to elicit ideas for improvement. Based on this data and local feedback, each location head is expected to develop action plans and strategic initiatives to improve the overall campus climate. This information will be shared at a future Regents' meeting.

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